Jincy Willett was born in New Bedford on the last day of 1946. She graduated with honors from Brown University with a BA in philosophy, earned a MA in creative writing, and worked with John Hawkes and Verlin Cassill. St. Martin’s Press published a collection of her short stories, Jenny and the Jaws of Life in 1987 and reissued it in paperback in 2002, with an introduction by David Sedaris. They also published her novels, Winner of the National Book Award (2003), The Writing Class (2008), and Amy Falls Down (2013). Her books have been translated into French, Czech, German, Spanish, and Italian. Her stories have been published in journals and periodicals, including McSweeney’s Internet Concern, as well as various anthologies, such as David Sedaris’s Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules (2005) and The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction (1988). She occasionally writes book reviews for the New York Times.